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We’re a nation of snackers. With 97% of us in the UK admitting to snacking between meals the snack break has become a daily ritual in homes and workplaces across the UK. I favour nuts (almonds!), green smoothies, green tea, home-dried fruit (on a mango kick right now), fresh apples and, um, the occasional ramekin …

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At any given weekend, from now until sometime in September, those puffs of smoke and enticing aromas emanating from nearby gardens are as likely to be barbecuing vegetables as they are sizzling meats. Certainly around these parts, despite the stubbornly cool temps and challenging winds, I have heard beery shouts and rose’-induced giggles marking the British barbecuing …

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I am surrounded by suitcases, scattered clothes, and the sense that I am forgetting something vital. It can only be one thing, of course: the hell that is packing. I hate it with a passion veering on angina. Seriously. Summer clothes that I have had for years suddenly become invisible; dainty peep-toes and sandals vanish; nothing …

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We are betwixt and between seasons up here in Scotland. It is allegedly spring – verging on summer – but no one told May. This month has been cool, windy, and really rather disappointing. May is traditionally the time when we get flashes of summer, which is nice for most of us, but for students …

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I’ve just seen some tweets – and delish pics – saying that it is British Sandwich Week, and I thought, “Hmm..I have just the thing to celebrate.” And indeed I do. Something sweet yet spicy, with plenty of satisfying vegetarian protein and fibre, and loaded with thinly sliced and, possibly – your call – vinegar-doused vegetables. …

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I am astonished at how much I love beetroot. And salmon and horseradish for that matter. My early introductions to all three did not bode well for them featuring in any way, shape or form in my kitchen. By all rights I should still be shunning them, and anything made with them. I shudder to …

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I don’t know if you anthropomorphise food, but I think of sweet potatoes as humble sorts of chaps. The chaps who turn up for work and don’t raise a fuss, just quietly get the job done. An essential job done. In terms of American football (bear with me), I see these jolly orange tubers, with their rough skins, as fullbacks or …

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I am not a gadget geek, but I do love my spiralizer. It is so loved that it has quickly earned its place on the countertop, along with my Froothie blender and juicer, my Magimix and of course my kettle (20 years and still going!). I have a small kitchen, so this is quite the honour. …

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Raw food seems a bit of a faff, doesn’t it? I mean, all that soaking, sprouting, chopping, dehydrating,…waiting. Not to mention a heck of a lot of shopping. Don’t get me wrong, many of the raw recipes I see on Instagram, Pinterest and other blogs do look amazing. And, a quick eyeball of my occasionally filled in …

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The biggest food holiday in the US has been and gone, bar the leftovers. Are you still full? Even with the best will in the world, and the healthiest food on the table, most Americans will have overindulged. I think it is in the American psyche to over-do it at Thanksgiving. You might have popped …

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